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pain under left armpit and top of breast

By Anonymous February 17, 2015 - 8:38am
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Hello,the last three days ive had some mild sharp pains under my left rib and in my chest.The doc amd burse both said they thought it was acid,but after takimg antacids,and them making no difference they thought i had trapped a nerve.Neither of them seem concered and didnt ask to see me bit the pain is still sometimes present in my chest,and i get sharp pains in my left armpit sometimes.Does anyone know what this could be? The way the doctors responded has put me off going to hospital for the time being as im not in agony but just wondered what it might be.Thankyou

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Hello,no i have no other symptoms and i cant seem to think of when i could of injured myself.its not persistant it comes and goes and no coughing or sneezing doesnt make it worse.i thought it was indegstion at first but ive taken rennies and gaviacon and it doesnt seem to make alot of difference so i was starting to think it was somethink to do with my heart,but then i thought,if it was serious it would get worse wouldnt it?

February 17, 2015 - 9:59am
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Hello Anonymous,

If the pain persists, I would think your physician would order a cardiac workup, including an EKG, blood tests, and chest X-ray, a GI workup, including an upper endoscopy, and a breast evaluation, including a breast exam, mammogram or MRI of the breast.

Hope you get some relief and answers.

February 17, 2015 - 10:10am

Hello Anonymous,

Are you having any other symptoms beside the pain under your left armpit, under the left side of your rib cage and breast area of the left side of your chest?

At the onset of the pain, was anything in your routine different? Did you strain while lifting a heavy object? Have you noticed a swollen area under your left armpit?

Do you have a history of acid reflux?

Is the pain persistent or does it come and go? Does anything make it worse, like sneezing, coughing or taking a deep breath? Is the pain worse when you lie flat and better when you lean forward?

Chest pain can be caused cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal and bone, muscle or nerve problems.


February 17, 2015 - 9:30am
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